T. Schanz, editor. Springer-Verlag GmbH, Tiergartenstrasse 17, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany. 2007. 505 pp. $295.00. ISBN 978-3-540-69872-2.

Despite the ubiquitous occurrence of unsaturated soils in practice, unsaturated soil mechanics remains a relatively immature frontier within the more general and well-established discipline of geotechnical engineering. The unsaturated condition was for many years either ignored or approached from the classical framework of saturated soil mechanics under the assumption that saturated conditions represent conservative limiting conditions. In recent years, however, significant advances in our basic understanding of unsaturated soil behavior; rapid developments in experimental, computational, and analytical techniques available to characterize, model, and...

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